|Publication number||US8083202 B1|
|Application number||US 13/111,026|
|Publication date||Dec 27, 2011|
|Filing date||May 19, 2011|
|Priority date||May 19, 2011|
|Publication number||111026, 13111026, US 8083202 B1, US 8083202B1, US-B1-8083202, US8083202 B1, US8083202B1|
|Inventors||Laura L. Hutchison|
|Original Assignee||Hutchison Laura L|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (14), Non-Patent Citations (1), Referenced by (10), Classifications (11), Legal Events (1)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The present invention was first described in a notarized Official Record of Invention on Jan. 18, 2010, that is on file at the offices of Montgomery Patent and Design, LLC, the entire disclosures of which are incorporated herein by reference.
The present invention relates generally to carrying bag hanging devices, and in particular, to an attachable hanging hook for suspending a carrying bag from an edge of a generally horizontal support surface and from an upper edge of a generally vertical support surface.
Everyone is familiar with the hanging garment bag. Not only does it do a great job with keeping one's clothes clean and wrinkle free, but it also has a large hook which can be placed over almost any object such as a door, a bathroom stall divider, a cabinet, chair, or the like. The hook allows all compartments of the bag to be easily accessed when there is no suitable place to set the bag down and eliminates having to place the bag on a dirty floor. Unfortunately, such versatility is not available in bags of other styles such as purses, briefcases, gym bags, diaper bags and the like. This means that in locations such as locker rooms, hotel rooms, and public bathrooms the bag must be set on the dirty floor.
In addition, the traditional carrying bag hook is not useful on a horizontal surface such as a table or a bar. Often times woman do not want to leave their purse or similar carrying bag on the floor or on an adjacent chair. However, there is rarely a hook or protrusion available to hang the bag on.
While various garment bag hooks and table top bag hanger exist, each suffers from one or more disadvantage or deficiency related to design or utilization. Particularly, each device lacks the functionality of the other.
The inventor has therefore recognized the aforementioned inherent problems and lack in the art and observed that there is a need for a device in which the versatility of a large hanging hook can be made available to all styles of carried bags. In accordance with the invention, it is an object of the present disclosure to solve these problems.
The inventor recognized these problems and has addressed this need by developing an attachable hanging hook that provides a means to attach almost any type of bag to any type of surface, thus keeping them off of the floor in a manner which is quick, easy, and effective. The inventor has thus realized the advantages and benefits of providing the attachable hanging hook having a first hook with a first stem and a first curvature to supportingly retain a carrying bag. A second hook is also provided and joined to the first hook by a joint. The joint includes a ball affixed to an end of the first stem and a hollow socket for retaining the ball. The socket also includes a first hook slot through which the first hook protrudes outwardly therefrom such that the first hook is movable within the slot. The second hook includes a second stem rotatably attached within an opening in the socket such that the second hook is rotatable about three hundred sixty degrees relative to the socket and a second curvature to supportingly retain the carrying bag. The first hook is longitudinally aligned with the second hook such that the first curvature directionally opposes the second curvature when the second hook is engaged over an upper edge of a generally vertical support surface to suspend the carrying bag from the vertical support surface. Additionally, the first hook is perpendicularly oriented to the second hook such that the first curvature rests atop a generally horizontal support surface adjacent to an edge to suspend the carrying bag from the horizontal support surface.
In an embodiment of the hanging hook, the joint includes a pivot pin extending between an interior of the socket and through the ball to restrict the pivoting motion of the first hook to a single axis.
In an embodiment of the hanging hook, the slot includes opposing scalloped edges, each having a plurality of semi-circular indentations for selectably retaining the first stem at a selectable position within the slot.
In an embodiment of the hanging hook, a chain is affixed to an exterior of the socket to releasably attach to an interior of the carrying bag when not in use.
Furthermore, the described features and advantages of the disclosure may be combined in various manners and embodiments as one skilled in the relevant art will recognize. The disclosure can be practiced without one (1) or more of the features and advantages described in a particular embodiment.
Further advantages of the present disclosure will become apparent from a consideration of the drawings and ensuing description.
The advantages and features of the present disclosure will become better understood with reference to the following more detailed description and claims taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which like elements are identified with like symbols, and in which:
attachable hanging hook
first hook slot
second hook opening
first alternate embodiment
second alternate embodiment
In accordance with the invention, the best mode is presented in terms of a preferred embodiment, herein depicted within
The terms “a” and “an” herein do not denote a limitation of quantity, but rather denote the presence of at least one of the referenced items.
Referring now to
The first hook 20 can be used to suspend the article from a vertical surface 11 as shown in
The second hook 30 can be used to suspend the article from the horizontal surface as shown in
The second hook 30 is attached within a second hook opening 44 approximately one-hundred-and-eighty degrees (180°) from the furthest most upward position of the first hook 20. An end of the second stem 32 opposite the second curvature 31 includes a “T”-shaped feature 36 which fits within the second hook opening 44 and allows the second hook 30 to freely rotate three-hundred-and-sixty degrees (360°) therewithin such that the second hook 30 can be properly positioned at a desired orientation relative to the first hook 20 for supporting the desired article.
It is envisioned that other styles and configurations can be easily incorporated into the teachings of the present disclosure and only one particular configuration has been shown and described for purposes of clarity and disclosure and not by way of limitation of scope.
In accordance to the invention, the preferred embodiment can be utilized by the user in a simple and effortless manner with little or no training. After initial purchase or acquisition of the device 10, it is installed as indicated in
The method of utilizing the device 10 on a horizontal surface 11 can be achieved by performing the following steps: acquiring the device 10; positioning the first hook 20 flat against the upper surface of the horizontal surface 11 with the joint 40 aligned with the edge of the horizontal surface 11 and the second foot 35 perpendicular with the first foot 25; rotating the second hook 30 to a desired orientation by rotating about the second hook opening 44; suspending an article from the second hook 30; enabling the first foot 25 and second foot 35 to protect surfaces; and, providing a means to attach almost any type of article to any type of surface, thus keeping them off of the floor in a manner which is quick, easy, and effective.
The method of utilizing the device 10 on a vertical surface 13 can be achieved by performing the following steps: acquiring the device 10; rotating the second hook 30 to a desired orientation and positioning upon the upper surface of the vertical surface 12; suspending an article from the first hook 20; enabling the first foot 25 and second foot 35 to protect surfaces; and, providing a means to attach almost any type of article to any type of surface, thus keeping them off of the floor in a manner which is quick, easy, and effective.
The method of utilizing the first alternate embodiment 50 on a horizontal surface 11 can be achieved by performing the following steps: repeating the abovementioned steps for the preferred embodiment 10, yet when positioning the first hook 20 enabling said first hook 20 to engage opposing scalloped edges 51, thereby locking said first hook 20 in a desired position.
The method of utilizing the second alternate embodiment 60 on a horizontal surface 11 can be achieved by performing the following steps: repeating the abovementioned steps for the preferred embodiment 10; attaching the second alternate embodiment 60 to a desired item via the loop 61 and chain 62; and, removing as desired.
The foregoing descriptions of specific embodiments have been presented for purposes of illustration and description. They are not intended to be exhaustive or to limit to the precise forms disclosed and many modifications and variations are possible in light of the above teachings. The embodiments were chosen and described in order to best explain principles and practical application to enable others skilled in the art to best utilize the various embodiments with various modifications as are suited to the particular use contemplated.
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|U.S. Classification||248/691, 248/914, 248/341, 248/692, 223/DIG.4, 248/307|
|Cooperative Classification||A47G29/083, Y10S223/04, Y10S248/914|